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Municipality and town
Church of Sutatenza
Church of Sutatenza
Flag of Sutatenza
Official seal of Sutatenza
Location of the municipality and town of Sutatenza in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Sutatenza in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Eastern Boyacá Province
Founded 22 October 1783
 • Mayor Camilo Sastoque
 • Municipality and town 41.26 km2 (15.93 sq mi)
Elevation 1,890 m (6,200 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 4,086
 • Density 99/km2 (260/sq mi)
 • Urban 769
Time zone UTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
Website Official website

Sutatenza (Spanish pronunciation: [sutaˈtensa]) is a town and municipality in the Eastern Boyacá Province of the department of Boyacá, Colombia. It is located 125 kilometres (78 mi) from the Colombian capital Bogotá and 118 kilometres (73 mi) from the department capital Tunja. Sutatenza borders Somondoco, Guateque, Tenza and Garagoa.[1]


The name Sutatenza comes from Chibcha and means either "Cloud behind the anchovy" or "Descending to the house of the cacique".[1][2]


In the time before the Spanish conquest, Sutatenza, situated in the Tenza Valley to the east of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense, was ruled by a cacique called Tenzuzucá or Tenzucá, loyal to the zaque of Hunza. Conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada in his quest for El Dorado and the rich emerald deposits of the Muisca Confederation visited Sutatenza in 1537.

Modern Sutatenza was not founded until October 22, 1783.[1]


Main economical activities of Sutatenza are agriculture and aviculture. A small salt mine is operated in the vereda Salitre.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Sutatenza
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Sutatenza -

Coordinates: 5°01′N 73°27′W / 5.017°N 73.450°W / 5.017; -73.450